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You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist [Paperback]

Dalton Conley
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November 19, 2008 0393927601 978-0393927603 1

Make the familiar strange with Dalton Conley's "untextbook."

Dalton Conley’s groundbreaking “non-textbook” teaches students how to think like sociologists. Students learn how to use their sociological imaginations to debunk conventional wisdom. With a strong emphasis on concepts, You May Ask Yourself challenges students to use sociological methods to evaluate facts about their social worlds by “making the familiar strange.”

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About the Author

Dalton Conley is University Professor at New York University. He holds faculty appointments in NYU's Sociology Department, School of Medicine, and the Wagner School of Public Service. In 2005, Conley became the first sociologist to win the prestigious National Science Foundation's Alan T. Waterman Award, which honors an outstanding young U.S. scientist or engineer. He writes for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Slate, and Forbes. He is the author of Honky (2001) and The Pecking Order: A Bold New Look at How Family and Society Determine Who We Become (2004). His other books include Being Black, Living in the Red: Race, Wealth, and Social Policy in America (1999), The Starting Gate: Birth Weight and Life Chances (2003), and Elsewhere, U.S.A. (2009). You can follow Dalton Conley on Twitter at @daltonconley.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 802 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (November 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393927601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393927603
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the average textbook August 4, 2009
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After all of the textbooks I've been through, this was a breath of fresh air. it doesn't read like a text book and actually engages the reader.

If you read the preface etc, you see several folks assisted the author. From time to time the switch in gears makes this somewhat obvious and breaks the flow. Outside of that this would be the first text book I'd take the time to review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book June 17, 2010
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This book is a very good and easy reader. I am not a big fan of textbooks but this one is really good. It is writting in a way that is easy to understand and using the language that young people use. I red most of it and many times I was roling on the floor because some of the chapters are really funny. The author gives real examples that help to understand the subject and make you realize things around you that you have never pay attention to.I was happy to read this book and I also met the author personally on one of the seminars. he is a young and very educated man , very bussy too.and he know what he is talking about.I would defenatelly recomend this book to students to learn something about sociology.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good textbook July 12, 2010
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I am glad my teacher chose this particular book for our sociology class. This made the sociology concepts easy to understand, and I dare I say, actually interesting! It was not dry and difficult to read like other sociology books I have had to read in the past.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Out of Date January 28, 2012
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This book was barley usable for my class. It had many missing chapters that the new version did have, and also the chapters are in a different order from the newer version so the book was kind of confusing. It may cost some extra cash but I recommend getting the latest version. This one is almost obsolete.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tries too hard not to be a textbook. July 30, 2010
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Best part of this book was the price. I'm used to paying $150+ for textbooks and $40 was a nice surprise. On a downside the book is not at all what I expect from a textbook. It tries to be hip and cool and uses some swear words and heavily quotes from pop culture. Unfortunately, it really distracts from reading. Book introduces a lot of unnecessary terms and does not define them very well. Examples that suppose to clarify concepts are not helpful and in several instances simply incorrect. Some information presented in the book is incomplete. For example, the chapter on religion does a fairly good job on Christianity but offers only a paragraph on Judaism and Islam and completely ignores all Eastern religions.
Overall, not the greatest and not the worst. 2.5-3 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good textbook. April 7, 2014
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For a textbook this is fairly entertaining. It's not your typical textbook in the sense that it has some personality, like an actual person wrote it instead of a robot. Unfortunately I couldn't stand the sociology class or the teacher instructing me, but that is not the books fault. I can honestly day that I learned more by reading random parts of this book during the lectures than when I actually payed attention
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is awesome February 10, 2014
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Of all the textbooks that I have ever owned, this is the ONLY one that I kept. Dalton Conley provides well-rounded information.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Text Book
I did not care for the liberalism points of view when I am trying to learn a subject. Perhaps the next time this author writes a text book they could stay away from their point of... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Buyer was very helpful, sent my package earlier then scheduled for me! Book is in fine condition. Practically good as new!
Published on September 4, 2011 by Robz
2.0 out of 5 stars I wish I was reading something that makes me feel productive than...
I agree with the reviewers who say that the book tries to be cool and hip (and that it babbles on about Christianity in the religion chapter, but practically ignores the others if... Read more
Published on October 18, 2010 by segaanime
2.0 out of 5 stars Just another text book
This text book is trying to do what a lot of modern text books are doing--look less like a text book and more like blobs of information that are fun to absorb. Read more
Published on February 3, 2010 by K. Sanderman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality
The price was reasonable and the response was quick. I knew when the money had been taken and when the book had been shipped. The book was just as described. Very happy.
Published on September 24, 2009 by Book Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Intro Book
It was a pretty straight forward book and interesting, but my teacher never seemed to agree with the author. Consequently we always had to interpret many aspects of the text.
Published on September 3, 2009 by Ann Shaw
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